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New album 'Water'

from Kerryn Fields

AFMA Contemporary Folk Album Of The Year 2021 Finalist

Recorded in three days, beside the ocean, under the light of the full moon.

What could be more soulful or intriguing?

Award-winning songwriter and widely adored live performer, Kerryn Fields offers to the world her new LP, Water - a timeless, fearless, and deeply captivating homage to the full spectrum of human emotion.


Fuelled by humility, integrity and a raw clarity of vision, Kerryn Fields paints enduring musical portraits that detail the colour and feeling of everything that keeps us alive. Drawing comparisons with the likes of Cat Stevens, Townes Van Zandt, Joan Baez, Neil Young, and more, Fields’ trademark warmth of character - evident in both life and music - depicts a creative offering that’s equal parts stirring, refined and heartrendingly beautiful.

As one would expect, new album Water is just as breathtaking. Opening track and November 2020 single, Atlantis has Fields’ extraordinary vibrato front-and-centre, the instrumentation lush and thoughtful but satisfyingly spacious and seasoned with Jen Anderson’s sophisticated fiddle playing (Archie Roach, Weddings Parties Anything, Alyce Platt).

Queenie, on the other hand (released in March 2021) is a rolling, hope-filled ballad offering delightful, uncomplicated aural comparisons with the likes of Dylan and his contemporaries. It showcases Fields’ stunning lyrical genius and effortless vocals, her lightheartedness and warmth of character shining through the dark.

“The album all started with the end of my marriage. I found myself along the Great Ocean Road, grieving and homesick with nowhere to go.”

“It was only a matter of time before I started metabolising the grief, sending demos to Fraser (Montgomery). We decided to return to where these songs were born - but this time, to record.”

“Starting at the end of a relationship. Recording something joyous where I once found myself hopeless and lost. This is a record of beautiful, circular processes,” Kerryn says.

Recorded live to tape with vocals, guitars, drums and upright bass all in one room and take, listeners will love the sense of authenticity and freedom embodied by the record’s production. There’s a richness and warmth to the sound, almost as if Fields’ exemplary collective of musicians can be heard smiling to - and eyeing off - one another.

And that’s just it. This record? Just like Fields herself, it’s joy and human nature exemplified.

Water is produced by Kerryn Fields and Fraser 
Montgomery (Ash Grunwald, Tracy McNeil, Dan Parsons), engineered/mixed by Fraser Montgomery and mastered by Adam Dempsey (Courtney Barnett, Didirri, Angie McMahon). The album features Joshua Barber (drums) Ben Franz (upright bass, pedal steel), Jen Anderson (fiddle), Harley Stewart (electric 
guitar), Ryan Brewer (piano, hammond, rhodes) and additional vocals by Sam Lohs, Rosie Burgess, Mitch Finglas and Jarryn Phegan.

DEEP DIVINE RECORDS 2021 ©

 

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Biography

Fuelled by reverence, integrity and a deep spiritual connection to the human experience, Australian-NZ songwriter Kerryn Fields paints timeless musical portraits that do what others rarely can: bring us home to ourselves. 


With multiple awards and nominations to her name (MLT Songwriting Award, Newstead Live Troubadour Foundation Award, 2019; AFMA Contemporary Album of the Year, Music Victoria Folk Act of the Year and Amplify Award finalist, 2021), Fields’ trademark warmth of character , evident in both life and music, fuels a creative offering that expands well beyond her command of guitar, voice and audience. 


It’s for good reason too, because life is something that Fields has met with open arms, no matter how significant the challenge. Growing up in Te Kūiti, a NZ farming community in which both her family and others’ worked tirelessly to make ends meet, Fields moved through a time in which family separations and chronic illness fractured her experience of childhood. 


A 2007 relocation to Melbourne would inject fresh energy and vision into her songwriting. Touring extensively around Australia, NZ and Canada for the next 13 years with the help of her much-loved camper van, Fields would soon come to realise that something significant was missing. Come 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, a most extraordinary thing happened: Aotearoa called Kerryn Fields back home. 


What followed was an unyielding period of radical self-acceptance - and the album to go with it. Water, Kerryn Fields’ 2021 LP details the experiences of an artist coming to terms with her youth-era trauma, Maori heritage and newly discovered Australian-NZ roots. A love story at heart, it details Fields’ journey to Australia - the homesickness, the letting-go, and the falling into love. Raw, evocative and summoning an emotional force greater than the sum of its parts, its 10 tracks were signed off just as Fields relinquished control to the will of her elders - a journey that coursed her through the rivers, mountains and valleys of the heartland. Likewise, songs such as Black Fire and St Kilda Pier narrate tales of new land across shore, shaping Fields’ growing connection to Country - and self, at that.


Ultimately, it was Kerryn Fields' early acceptance of the love and pure kindness offered to her by doctors, nurses and physiotherapists that would shape her ability to heal others with her music. It would come as no surprise, then, that the core of Fields’ enduring appeal is her ability to relate - both intensely, and authentically - to those in her presence.


Radiating warmth, humor and a depth of character that’s palpable as soon as she enters a room, Fields utilises music and storytelling as a vehicle for doing what she does best: making peace with her own human existence. It’s because of this startling ability to meet and embrace herself so willingly that others feel able to do the same.


Kerryn Fields has appeared at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Out On The Weekend, Blue Mountains Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Newstead Live, Seven Sisters, Artswells (CAN), and more. She has landed coveted support slots with the likes of Nashville’s Lillie-Mae and the Grammy Award-winning Cedric Burnside, and continues touring her celebrated house concert series extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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Country Queer

ALBUM REVIEW

"A timeless snapshot of the human experience"

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May Magazine

ALBUM REVIEW

"It will quietly floor you"

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NZ Musician

FEATURE SONG

"Atlantis is so personal, tender and passionate at once"

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13th Floor

LIVE CONCERT REVIEW

"Completely fresh and in the moment"

 
 
 
 

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